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Non-Invasive Investigations and Invasive Management of Heart Conditions Performed by a Leading U.K. and Canada-Trained Interventional Cardiologist

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Cardiac catheterization is a procedure used to diagnose and treat abnormalities in the arteries and chambers of the heart. The specificity of this procedure is that, instead of resorting to “open” surgery, the interventional cardiologist inserts a long thin tube called a catheter into an artery through a tiny incision.

Cardiac catheterization is much less invasive than open surgery, which has four main benefits:

  • The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia
  • The recovery time is reduced from several weeks to a few days
  • Complication rates are lower
  • No scars

Euracare’s Medical Director, Professor Nicholas Ossei-Gerning is also its resident interventional cardiologist. Trained in the U.K. (University College Hospital and cardiology training in Yorkshire Heart Centre) and Canada (University of Alberta), he is an internationally-prominent expert in both interventional cardiology and the treatment of vasculogenic erectile dysfunction.

Heart and coronary conditions and diseases that can be treated through cardiac catheterization include:

  • Atherosclerosis- a gradual clogging of the arteries by fatty materials and other substances in the blood stream
  • Cardiomyopathy- an enlargement of the heart due to thickening or weakening of the heart muscle
  • Congenital heart disease- defects in one or more heart structures that occur during foetal development, leading to abnormal blood flow within the heart.
  • Heart failure- condition in which the heart muscle has become too weak to pump blood well,
  • Heart valve disease- malfunction of one or more of the heart valves that can affect blood flow within the heart

Professor Nicholas Ossei-Gerning has extensive experience in performing all major cardiac catheterization procedures, including:

  • Angioplasty- a tiny balloon at the tip of the catheter is inflated, pressing any plaque build-up against the artery wall and improving blood flow through the artery
  • Stent placement- a tiny metal mesh coil or tube at the end of the catheter is expanded inside an artery to keep it open
  • Balloon valvuloplasty- a tiny balloon at the tip of the catheter is inflated, stretching and opening up a valve that had been preventing from functioning fully by a birth defect
  • Trans aortic valve implantation (TAVI)- a stent is placed inside the valve and expanded to treat the narrowed valve, without the need for an open heart operation
Prof. Nicholas Ossei-Gerning

Prof. Nicholas Ossei-Gerning

Medical Director & Interventional Cardiologist - MBBS, MD, FRCP (UK)

Professor Nicholas Ossei-Gerning is Euracare Ghana’s Medical Director and Interventional Cardiologist. A dual Ghanaian & British national, Prof. Ossei-Gerning is an internationally-renowned expert in interventional cardiology and pudendology. After his initial medical training at University College Hospital in London and Cardiology training in the Yorkshire Heart Centre, he completed an Interventional Fellowship at the University of Alberta, Canada. Prior to joining Euracare Ghana in 2017, he was Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at the University of Wales and a member of the Medical Advisory Committee at the Spire Cardiff Hospital. He has also served on the Executive Board of Welsh Cardiovascular Society and as a member of British and European Cardiac Interventional Societies. A leading authority on Vasculogenetic erectile dysfunction, he is also a member of the International Societies for Sexual Medicine and of the International Consultation for Urology Diseases.

Professor Nicholas Ossei-Gerning – Saving lives in Ghana

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